SSISD announces test dates
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

June 14, 2006 - Sulphur Springs High School students planning to take a test to receive credit for a course either to advance a subject or those needing to make up a class due to remediation or failure will want to take note of five dates.

The five approved dates approved by school board members for the 2006-2007 school year are Wednesday, Aug. 2; Thursday, Dec. 7; Tuesday, March 6; Wednesday, March 30; and Thursday, May 31. 

In order to take these tests, students must register with the school counselor at least 30 days prior to the testing dates.

That means any student hoping to take a credit by exam test at the next offering, on Aug. 2, the student has only until July 5 to get their completed registration to the school counselor.

The registration deadline for the Dec. 7 test is Nov. 7, for the March 6 test is Feb. 2, for the May 30 test is April 30, and registration for the May 31  credit by exam test is May 1.

"We try to make these available to the students who request CBE. If the dates conflict or there is a better time for them to test, we try to work with them on that," Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed told trustees during Monday night's regular board meeting. "If they have been remediated for failing a course or grade, they can retest. They must make 70 percent to get the credit. If a student wants to accelerate or advance out of a subject (one they have had no prior instruction in) they must score 90 percent or higher to advance."

In other business, Superintendent Patsy Bolton noted that the district has been approved for a grant which allows them to expand the prekindergarten program from the state funded 1/2-day program to a full day program.

The district also was awarded $30,000 in service learning grant funds to be divided among 15 different classrooms throughout the district for 15 service learning projects, which require each class to work with the community and within the class skills level.

The district was awarded $50,000 from Brown Foundation, from whom the district has previously been awarded grant funds which initially were not going to be made available again.

The district also put in for a $100,000 emergency response crisis management grant to formulate and implement a crisis management plan on all campuses which would cover all situations. The grant will cover the cost of getting that started.

Teachers will also be able to put in for classroom reimbursement, which allows them to apply for up to $200 back on items they purchased out of pocket for their classrooms.

Officials have yet to be notified whether the district will be approved for several other grants which they have applied for, including a $278,000 physical education grant to benefit Douglas Intermediate and Lamar Elementary school and a counseling grant which would provide one counselor for every elementary school, as opposed to the current set up which has three counselors assigned to two campuses each.

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